2020 – Chair, Sonja Palic
This was a most significant year for the chamber. Sonja Palic was elected as Chair, the first female to hold the position in the chamber’s 27-year history. Additionally, 70% of the chamber team was female, demonstrating our commitment to women in leadership. It was also the year that coronavirus swept over the globe, forcing businesses and organisations to re-think delivery of their goods and services. The Board implemented a number of strategies in April to enable us to see the year through, including taking live events and our business operations online. While we lost over 70 members due to the pandemic, we were also able to attract new members. The year closed off with around 380 members in total, and we built a fresh new website.
2018-2019 – Chair, Nigel Raynor
Chamber chair Nigel Raynor implemented a number of new initiatives to broaden the appeal of the chamber to the local business community, including Young and Hungry (YoHu) for entrepreneurs aged between 17-30. He also developed Knowledge Base, a centralised source of information for the chamber. Membership grew to 433 – the largest chamber membership in the Sydney metro region and in the top five chambers in NSW. We won the Western Region Chamber of Commerce of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019.
2015-2017 – Chair, Anthony Moss
Anthony worked with McCrindle to develop the first Business PSI report in 2015, an ongoing survey which provides a longitudinal study of business performance and sentiment in the Hills region. A new website and booking system, Chambermaster, was unveiled. In 2016, the Celebrating Women in Business program was launched. In 2017, we celebrated 25 years in operation. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was a guest at the Chairman’s Lunch in April, and we held a 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner mid-year. Membership grew to nearly 400. We won the Western Region Chamber of Commerce of the Year award in 2017.
2012-2014 – Chair, Tony Eades
In 2012, we celebrated 20 years as the region’s premier business association. The chamber flourished as we attracted new members and our events were well-attended. Our leadership team and board built connections with the Hills Shire Council, NSW Business Chamber, and UWS. During this period of time, we enjoyed a number of highly successful major events, including our first Hills Business Summit. In 2014, the Sydney Hills Business Chamber won the regional award for the best chamber in Western Sydney.
2009-2011 – Chair, Tony Moran
The Support Partnership program enjoyed record financial support. Our members were able to have a voice in the planning of the Norwest Rail Link and our successful submission resulted in a new station to support the growing Norwest Business Park.
In an effort to improve efficiencies and underpin a planned push for member growth we overhauled our complete IT infrastructure. Government funding was instrumental in a range of initiatives to benefit the small business community, and culminated in the highest level of support offered to businesses in the Sydney Hills region.